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Outstanding Respect

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Thursday, 12 July 2018 09:37

If Hazrat Moulana Maseehullah Khan Sahib (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) saw any piece of paper lying on the floor, he would immediately pick it up with respect and place it in some respectful place. Dr. Tanweer Ahmad Khan Sahib (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned that Hazratjee (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) used to say: “We must respect paper because it is a means of us attaining knowledge.”

In fact, the entire theme of his life was adab (respect). He used to often say: “Everything in this world is engaged in the zikr of Allah Ta‘ala. When something is making the zikr of Allah Ta‘ala then it is worthy of respect. Remember! Never throw anything down as this is contrary to adab.”[1]

A student once mentioned that Hazratjee (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) would not even throw or fling dirt into the bin. He would place it inside with utmost care saying: “This was a favour from Allah Ta‘ala which we enjoyed for some time. Now that there is no use for it, do not just throw it away. Instead place it in the bin in a respectful manner rather than just throwing it away.”

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True Victory is in Earning the Pleasure of Allah Ta‘ala

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Monday, 09 July 2018 15:18

Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

The Muslim Ummah gaining victory and success is not subject to the Muslims being few or many in number. Rather, victory is based on something else entirely. True victory for the Muslims is to make their sole priority in life to engage in the efforts of Deen and such work that will be pleasing to Allah Ta‘ala. If they gain success against the enemy, they should express gratitude to Allah Ta‘ala, and if they are not (apparently) successful then they should exercise patience. In reality, a believer is never unsuccessful, even though it may seem as if he did not succeed against the enemy. The reason for a believer always being successful is that he is always earning the reward of the Hereafter, which afterall is the objective and goal of every believer. (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 7/236)

Source: Ihyaauddeen.co.za

 

Travelling in the Same Direction

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Monday, 02 July 2018 13:34

Imagine a family wishing to travel together. However, each person has a different destination. Thus the husband wants to take a turn towards the east, the wife wants him to turn towards the west and the children want to go south. Can you imagine the arguments and the tension in that vehicle? The arguments and tension could sometime even lead to an accident. The same is the case of daily life. In order to avoid the arguments and tension, everyone must have the same direction.

The only direction that leads to every success is Deen. Therefore, the husband, wife and children must all adopt one direction and have one goal, to earn the pleasure of Allah Ta‘ala. Whenever the family is confronted with the issue of whether to turn left or right, all should simply ask: “What will make Allah Ta‘ala happy?” This approach will insha-Allah make the journey of life peaceful and enjoyable.

 

Islamic Identity

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Monday, 25 June 2018 15:52

From China in the east to Chile in the west, and Bulgaria in the north to Botswana in the south, throughout history, each and every nation, tribe and people had their own distinct culture and way of life. In some cultures, the cuisine was different, while in others, the clothing was different. In most cultures, the language was different and in many cases, the ideals, values and approach to life was different as well.

The Global Culture

Enter the twenty-first century, and a strange, unprecedented phenomenon, never before witnessed, began to occur around the globe – deculturation. As time passed, whether one travelled to Hong Kong or Hungary, or even whether one braved the wilderness to venture into the heart of rural Africa, one found a global culture replacing every native and indigenous culture. The hallmark and trademark of this new culture was the shirt and pants, suit and tie or jeans and t-shirt. With this culture clearly having its roots in the west, one began to ponder over how this culture spread across the globe so rapidly, and how it replaced centuries-old cultures in a matter of a few decades. One began to wonder, “What was the link between these far flung foreign lands and the ways of the west?”

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Relation-ship

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Monday, 25 June 2018 15:49

The captain of a ship has a very delicate  task of steering his ship safely to the destination. While at times he will sail through the calmest waters under sunny skies, he may also encounter very stormy weather and surging waves. He has to also carefully navigate past icebergs and sandbars or else the ship could be in serious danger. Likewise, if the engine malfunctions or he experiences navigation equipment failure, his ship could sink in the deep seas. He thus has to be alert, keep his focus on the destination, be very careful in stormy weather, avoid the icebergs and continue checking his navigation equipment and engine. If he does this, insha-Allah he will safely reach his destination.

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Q&A: Islamic Garb

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Monday, 25 June 2018 15:34

Q: I recently heard a scholar saying that just as the food of our Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was part of  Arab culture at the time, likewise he adopted the dressing which the Arabs of that time were accustomed to wearing. Therefore, just as there is no issue if someone does not eat dates which was a part of the staple diet at that time, similarly there is no issue if one does not dress in Islamic garb (referring to the kurta or what is generally understood as “Islamic” dressing). This has left me confused, since from childhood I have been taught by my parents and teachers that dressing Islamically is very important. Please advise. 

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Inspirational Advice

Steadfast on Salaah

Hasan bin Saalih (rahimahullah) was a pious person who was born in the year 100 A.H. and passed away in the year 169 A.H. Hasan (rahimahullah), his twin brother, ‘Ali (rahimahullah), and their mother, would divide the night into three portions between them. They would then take turns to perform salaah, thus ensuring that throughout the night there was one person standing in salaah in their home. After their mother passed away, Hasan (rahimahullah) and his brother divided the night into two portions between them, taking turns to stand in salaah. Finally, when his brother ‘Ali (rahimahullah) passed away, Hasan (rahimahullah) began to stand for the entire night performing salaah.

Hasan bin Saalih (rahimahullah) once sold his slave girl to a certain household. That night, while the entire household was asleep, the slave girl awoke them calling out, “O household! Salaah! Salaah!”

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